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Parliamentarians, intellectuals declare G20 events in IIOJK an Indian ploy to depict normalcy

London, May 26, 2023 (PPI-OT): Expressing reservations over the holding of G20 events by India in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the longstanding dispute at the United Nations, a number of British Parliamentarians, intellectuals and human rights activists have termed it New Delhi’s ploy to depict normalcy in the occupied territory. In their reaction to G20 events in occupied Kashmir, they called upon the global community to at least consider the human rights violations taking place in the occupied territory and raise their voice for peace and prosperity in the region.

Noam Chomsky, the renowned American philosopher while discussing the genesis of the Kashmir dispute in a video message described as “unconscionable for G20 to hold any kind of meeting in the region of occupied and brutalized Kashmir”. He went on to add that created by the partition, Kashmir was one of the many victims and that its travail took even harsher forms in later years. In 2019, Chomsky said, India totally demolished legal agreements, letting the territory turning into an armed camp, the most highly militarized region on earth with the population subjected to imprisonment, torture, disappearance; deprived of even the most elementary rights in a criminal occupation.

Paul Bristow, a member of the British Parliament from the Conservative Party, while expressing his concern about the ongoing Kashmir conflict in the south Asian region called for giving the Kashmiri people their right to self-determination to end the decades-old dispute. Sharing his thoughts through a video message, Paul Bristow said Kashmir has been a disputed territory since 1947. “The G20 Working Group on Tourism is taking place in Kashmir. This should be an opportunity to raise human rights and self-determination for the Kashmiri people. I shall always be resolute representing my constituents of Kashmiri descent who are worried about family and friends.”

Andrew Gwynne, Labour MP, in a video message hoped that his British government would use the opportunity of the G20 meeting being held in the UN-recognized disputed territory of Jammu and Kashmir to impress India on the issues of human rights abuses against the Kashmiri people in Jammu and Kashmir. He asked for settlement of the long-pending Kashmir dispute, acceptable to the Kashmiri people. Judith Cummins, MP from Bradford, said that the simple solution to the Kashmir dispute is right to self-determination. She also resents the ongoing human rights violations in occupied Jammu and Kashmir. Alison Theliss MP extended her support to the Kashmir issue stressing the need of supporting the right to self-determination for Kashmiris which is longstanding issue on Un agenda vowing to continue to raise the issue at the British Parliament. Sarah Owen, MP for Luton, in her message raised the issue of violence against women in Kashmir. She also asked for implementation of the Kashmiris’ right to self-determination.

Chaudhary Liaquat Ali, Former Mayor of Waltham Forest called for the right to self-determination for the people of Jammu and Kashmir, saying as what’s happening there is not really right in one of the most militarized zones in the world with over 900,000 Indian troops committing every kind of brutality over there especially after 5 August 2019 and now with having the G20 is not on. He urged everybody to support the right to self-determination of the people of Jammu and Kashmir so that they can have their right. He urged the government of United Kingdom particularly the British Parliamentarians so that Kashmiris achieve their right to self-determination, one of the oldest issues on United Nations table.

Mohammad Yaseen, MP from Bradford termed the sending of British delegation to attend G20 meeting in Jammu and Kashmir as a shameful act because it is a disputed territory where violence is happening on regular basis. He said it should not be forgotten that it was United Kingdom which created the Kashmir issue in 1947 during the partition of sub-continent. He called upon all the countries which send their delegations to attend G20 meeting to at-least consider the human rights violations taking place in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

Barrister Imran Hussain, MP said that what we see over the last few years is the acceleration in the persecution and oppression of the Kashmiris and the unilateral actions by the Indian government to revoke Articles 370 and 35A of the Indian Constitution. He said this was a clear message to the rest of the international community that the Indian government now wants to pursue the persecution of the Kashmiris and deny them their birth right of self-determination. While referring to the G20 meeting, he said, “what we have seen in the last three days is deplorable”.

Naz Shah, British MP for Bradford West, regretted the British Prime Minister’s statement to attend the G20 meeting in what she said disputed Kashmir, adding that attending the meeting in occupied Kashmir would be against the international law. Sheikh Ramzy from Egypt, who is a social activist and campaigner Justice for Rohiynga people, pointed out that for over three decades he has been trying to help find a solution to Jammu and Kashmir issue, but unfortunately nothing has been done yet and he felt very downhearted that not a little bit has been done by global community to address it.

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